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 |  Feb 22 2013, 12:15 PM

What's in a Name?

Usually the engine found inside a vehicle receives a name based on some sort of manufacturer specific numbering and lettering convention. However, every once in a while a manufacturer will feel a little fiery and give that new hunk of metal an actual, proper name.

These names, more often than not, conjure up images of power and hairy-chested strength. Names like Rocket 350, BOSS and Fireball. Or, sometimes the name will refer to the design of the engine itself like Hemi (referring to hemispherical combustion chambers) or Quad-4, which is a dumb name in itself, but at least referred to four valves on four cylinders.

But now and then a manufacturer will reveal their latest and greatest engineer marvel and slap on a name that leaves us scratching our heads in disbelief, or is just so pretentious our eyes can’t stop rolling. Remember the have-your-cake-and-eat-it-to named Ford inline-6 called the ‘Thriftpower’? Well, that didn’t even make this list.

  • http://dbcooper.livejournal.com P.F. Bruns

    How could “Skyactiv” possibly be worse than “Thriftpower?”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2YLH7V6KYFL4J6U5FMOVHZ6QFA Soyntgo4it

    You forgot EcoTec By GM and Eco-Boost by Ford also there is Lamda and Tau oh and Gamma by Hyundai the list can go on with this brand. 

    I mean there are so man weird names for all Manufacturer engines does anyone really care?

  • simon

    anything eco, rams ‘new’ eco diesel its been out in other countrys for a couple of years as just the diesel option

  • DuramaxLover

    “Cummins” is a man’s surname. The company has a rich history of performance and industrial engine technology.

    “Powerstroke” is a compound word Ford decided to use so they had something to call their IHC diesel instead of what most people would have simply called a “Corn Binder”. The “power stroke”, as every first year mechanics student knows is simply one of the four strokes that a four stroke internal combustion engine goes through…Those being…Intake, Compression, Power, Exhaust.

    GM made up the name “Duramax” (which means nothing) because they were afraid to let the cat out of the bag by calling it, “Isuzu”, which is what it is.

    Moderately amusing article.